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ATTENTION : Poplar Grove Youth Group Campground is not available on a Walk-In basis; reservations must be made by phone or online in order to camp at this facility. There is a minimum booking window of 2 days - earliest date to reserve will be 2 days from today.


part ofCatoctin Mountain Park, National Park Service
Status: Open through Sun Feb 28 2016   Season Dates


Poplar Grove offers youth groups and organizations enjoyable year-round primitive tent camping. Located just five miles from the Catoctin Mountain Park portion of the Appalachian Trail in the rolling hills of Thurmont, Maryland, Poplar Grove allows youth groups to experience traditional wilderness camping.

Natural Features:

Poplar Grove offers flat tent areas to accommodate group activities. The campground is surrounded by a rolling landscape, perfect for light hikes.

Whether blanketed in snow in winter months or blooming with wildflowers in the spring, Poplar Grove offers beautiful scenery all year. Since the site is located in a remote area, it is accessed by a gravel road during summer months, and is a hike-in only facility during winter months.


As a primitive camping area, Poplar Grove encourages kids to use healthy doses of imagination while surrounded by the natural landscape. Nature hikes and campfire circles are popular activities.

Nearby Catoctin Mountain Park boasts 25 miles of trails for additional hiking opportunities.


Poplar Grove allows youth to connect with nature by offering limited comforts of home. Pit toilets and drinking water are provided. Three expansive sites can accommodate up to 25 visitors each, and multiple sites may be reserved for larger groups.

Nearby Attractions:

The Catoctin Mountain Park Visitor Center is located four miles away and offers interpretive programs. Just three miles away, visitors can enjoy fishing and canoeing at Cunningham Falls State Park. Cunningham Falls charges a daily entrance fee.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Circles
  • Drinking Water
  • Grill
  • Hiking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Picnic Tables
  • Pit Toilets
  • Trash Collection
  • Water Spigot
Know Before You Go
  • Sanctioned youth groups/organizations only
  • Groups must present a roster of campers and leaders during check-in
  • At least 50% of groups must be under the age of 18 and currently enrolled in the organization
  • Hike-in only from November-February
  • Orientation and check-in by rangers is required before entrance
  • One vehicle is allowed per site, with additional parking located one mile from sites
  • Please check the park site at www.nps.gov/cato prior to your arrival, as we experience periodic closures

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.65389, -77.46694
39°39'14"N, 77°28'1"W

Poplar Grove is located on Manahan Road in the western portion of Catoctin Mountain Park. From Route 15, exit at Catocin Mountain Park/Route 77. Travel approximately six miles west, passing the Visitor Center and Park Central Road. Turn right on Foxville-Deerfield Road and bear to the right onto Manahan Road at the fork. Poplar Grove is located about a mile ahead on the gravel road.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

6602 Foxville Rd
Thurmont  MD  21788

Phone Number:

Project Office: (301)663-9388
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